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Flat tax, privileges to rich regions, restrictions on migrants, emphasis on “security”. This is Matteo Salvini’s agenda for the Italian government in the aftermath of the European elections. The ‘Lega’ (League), the party he leads, now running the country in coalition with the Five Star Movement, has won big on May 26 obtaining 34.3% of […]

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Comedian Headed for Landslide Victory in Ukraine Election

April 21, 2019           |                                       

KIEV, Ukraine—A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV cruised toward a huge landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election Sunday in what was seen as a reaction against the country’s entrenched corruption and low standard of living. Results from 25% of polling stations showed sitcom star Volodymyr Zelenskiy receiving three […]

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Reality Show: Zelenskiy's Big Day In Six Surreal Moments

April 21, 2019           |                                       

KYIV — Fact has followed fiction. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comic actor who plays a common man accidentally catapulted into an exasperated Ukraine’s presidency on TV, has won big in the country’s real presidential election. Almost as remarkably, he appears to be doing it in runaway fashion in a process that both he and defeated incumbent […]

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Femen Activist In Topless Protest Against Zelenskiy

April 21, 2019           |                                       

A Femen activist staged a topless protest outside a polling station in Kyiv where candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy had cast his ballot in the April 21 presidential runoff vote. Zelenskiy is a comedic actor who portrays Ukraine’s president on TV but has no real political experience. The woman warned voters that a Zelenskiy presidency could end […]

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Poroshenko Faces Tough Test As Ukraine Votes In Second-Round Presidential Poll

April 20, 2019           |                                       

KYIV — Voters in Ukraine are going to the polls on April 21 in a second-round presidential election that could seal the political fate of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. Polls showed Poroshenko’s rival, 41-year-old comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, with a substantial lead as campaigning wound down. A survey released on April 18 by the Reiting research […]

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Poroshenko Reinvented: Apologies, New Promises, And Slick Moves May Be 'Too Little, Too Late'

April 17, 2019           |                                       

KYIV — There is one presidential candidate Ukrainians have become accustomed to watching sing and dance on stage. It is not incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. And yet there the 53-year-old was, gyrating and pumping his fist beside yellow-overall-clad rockers at a campaign rally at Kyiv’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium on April 14. Fighting for his political survival […]

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Texas Is Poised to Make It Easier to Jail People for Voting Errors

April 15, 2019           |                                       

Georgia Joins National Anti-Abortion Onslaught With “Heartbeat Ban” Jordan Peele’s “Us” Is a Middle-Class Guilt Trip Locking Up Drug “Dealers” to Save Users Doesn’t Make Anyone Safer Democrats Urged to Speak Out After Trump’s Latest Attack on Ilhan Omar To Survive in Texas, Black Bears Need an Open Border It’s Time to End U.S. Military […]

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We are in a radical moment. The planet is burning. Inequality is biting. Nationalism is on the rise. Resurgent but nostalgic ideologies, from statist socialism to the nationalist right, will fail to meet these challenges. The former saps freedom and innovation; the latter is obsessed by vilifying ‘enemies’ rather than providing real answers. At their […]

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To make the 2020 primary campaign more democratic, we should demand a system that takes all voter preferences into account. That system is ranked choice voting. Ranked choice voting (RCV) has a long, albeit niche history in the United States. Sen. Bernie Sanders stands as the current frontrunner of announced candidates for the 2020 Democratic […]

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All Eyes On Three Front-Runners As Ukraine Presidential Vote Offers Wrinkle On Familiar Challenge

March 31, 2019           |                                       

War-weary Ukrainians face a fresh national test on March 31 at the polls to pick a new president from an unprecedentedly broad field whose front-runners offer starkly different resumes. Pollsters suggest Ukraine’s 35 million eligible voters are desperate to elect a leader who can steer the country to peace after five years of fighting in […]

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The corrupting influence of big money receives much of the focus of voters, but gerrymandering has been the behind-the-scenes way both parties have used to gain an edge over each other in state elections for years. Kathay Feng of Common Cause discusses the cases that recently reached the Supreme Court The post Gerrymandering – Election […]

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Promises, Tamales and Even Truth-Telling: Chicago’s Mayoral Race Hits the Final Stretch

March 26, 2019           |                                       

Lori Lightfoot talks with shoppers at Supermercados El Güero in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood on March 16. (Mick Dumke/ProPublica Illinois) When Lightfoot arrived early for a rally at her campaign field office on West 47th Street, in the working class Brighton Park neighborhood, her volunteers and supporters were ready. As Lightfoot strode into […]

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Harris Sends Message to Democratic Old-Guard: Every Era Has Its End

March 24, 2019           |                                       

ATLANTA—California Sen. Kamala Harris sent a subtle signal to the old-guard of Democratic politics that every era has its end. At an Atlanta church service dedicated to youth Sunday, the presidential candidate compared leadership to a relay race in which each generation must ask themselves “what do we do during that period of time when […]

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Three weeks after launching his presidential campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading all other announced candidates in support from black voters, a new poll finds. The only potential candidate who polled better with African-Americans than Sanders, according to the poll by Morning Consult, is former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not announced a campaign. […]

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If the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary were held today, the results would be disastrous. That is, at least as far as representative democracy is concerned. A new YouGov poll released by the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows that New Hampshire primary voters are split between the deluge of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for […]

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